1. There’s A Time Capsule Outside The Columbus Avenue Entrance

Top 12 Secrets of NYC's American Museum of Natural History_time capsule_Columbus Avenue_Manhattan_Santiago Calatrava_Untapped Cities_Stephanie GeierThe time capsule at the American Museum of Natural History. Image via Flickr user Wally Gobetz

A stainless steel time capsule (called the Times Capsule) occupies a pedestal outside the museum’s Columbus Avenue entrance. Architect Santiago Calatrava designed the capsule for a design contest hosted by the editors of the New York Times in 1999. The capsule was sealed in 2000 to honor the beginning of the third millennium. Unlucky for us, the capsule, containing random objects representative of the third millennium, won’t open until the January 1, 3000.

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